Jordan Walden gets the ninth, Fernando Rodney out

If you made any sort of investment in Fernando Rodney this season, Mike Scioscia just did you a favor. This from Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:

Scioscia said before today's game in Tampa Bay that Jordan Walden would close out games while Rodney "gets back in touch with some things" in his delivery that were leading to performances like Sunday's when walked the bases loaded and blew a save in the ninth inning.

Had Rodney been allowed to continue as the Angels' closer, your fantasy ratios would have suffered, years taken off your life. Scioscia is nothing if not merciful.

So Walden gets the big chair, and a clear opportunity to run away with the closing job. He's only 20 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, despite the fact that fantasy experts can't shut up about him. He's a 23-year-old righty, he hits 98-99 on the radar gun, and he's been lights-out in three appearances this season (2.1 IP, 1 H, 5 Ks, 2 HD). Scott Downs (toe) would be a threat under normal circumstances, but he's still on the DL.

In most competitive leagues, Walden is long gone. Consider this last call. Get him wherever you can.


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